Recife Fountain Assembly Instructions – The Garden Gates

Recife Fountain Assembly Instructions

Recife Fountain Assembly Instructions
  1. Make sure you are assembling your fountain on a level surface capable of holding a minimum of 547 pounds in approximately an 8 square foot area.

  2. Place the Basin (FT-103D) into a position where the fountain will be installed.

  3. Feed the pump cord through the hole in the basin leaving enough cord length to work with the pump outside the pump cover.

  4. See enclosed stopper assembly instructions and complete before continuing.

  5. Pull the pump cord all the way through the bottom of the basin.

  6. To ensure a level installation, bring the pump cord out through the channel in the bottom of the basin.

  7. Place a hose clamp over one end of the 12” length of 5/8” non-kink tubing.

  8. Connect that end of the tubing to the pump outlet. Tighten the hose clamp to ensure a good seal.

  9. If you wish to use one of the hose clamps as a flow restrictor, you must install it on the tubing at this point.

  10. Place the pump cover (FT-103B) over the pump. Ensure it is centered and leveled.

  11. Place the Water Feature (FT-103A) on top of the pump cover. Ensure it is centered and leveled.

  12. Place a hose clamp over the other end of the 12” length of 5/8” non-kink tubing and attach it to the bottom pipe of the water feature. Tighten the hose clamp to ensure a good seal.

  13. Place the pump cover door (FT-103C) in the access pump opening of the pump cover

  14. Place the copper pipe extension on top of the copper pipe protruding up from the water feature.

  15. Fill the basin with approximately 20 gallons of water.

a. NOTE: Do not run fountain without sufficient water. If the pump is allowed to run dry, it can damage the pump.


Fountain bowls/tops and other fountain components, which collect water, should not be left outside in the winter since any component, which fills with water and freezes may crack. Likewise, components such as pedestals, which remain in a basin, filled with water, which then freezes, may also crack or crumble. Ideally, therefore, a fountain should always be stored indoors or in a dry protected place such as a covered porch away from the elements. However, if a fountain must be left outside:

(1) Remove the pump, rubber stoppers, drainpipes, finials, and other small components for storage indoors. Note that stoppers or drainpipes are removed to allow drainage in the event water accumulates in any basin. Compression stoppers may be left on the pump cord for easier assembly next season.

(2) Raise fountain base from the ground with wood strips so that base will not freeze to the ground surface.

(3) Cover or wrap the fountain with burlap or other absorbent material (old blanket or towel) and then cover securely with plastic, making sure that water will not accumulate in the basin or other fountain component and freeze;

(4) Check fountain periodically to insure that plastic is secure and water is not accumulating in any fountain component.

Install fountains on a level surface. You will need a properly grounded 110-volt (AC only) GFCI protected receptacle near the fountain for your pump. All pumps are submersible and must be completely underwater to function properly. Test all pumps and adjust to full output before assembly. It is not recommended that fountains be placed directly on grass or dirt. Position the channel opening at the base of each fountain toward the electrical outlet to be used since the pump cord will be threaded through this opening.